The South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors will convene via teleconference Thursday morning to consider 2020 summer contact guidance and consider the next steps pertaining to football classifications.
The board reconvened the football advisory committee on May 6, tasking the seven-man group with developing a new five-class football proposal.
The panel discussed a variety of options, including delaying action for future years or modifying their original five-class proposal. According to the meeting minutes, “The committee reached a consensus that was to want to address the number of classes of football in South Dakota before the upcoming cycle, but no member made a formal motion during the current meeting on a specific five-class proposal.”
Instead, the panel decided to respond to the Board of Directors with the formation of a separate sub-committee. This group would include three representatives from each group, as well as individuals representing officials and Native American schools. Their plan would be to meet in August and November, with the goal of making a formal proposal for adoption by the Jan. 2021 SDHSAA board meeting.
In an email to media members, SDHSAA executive director Dan Swartos wrote that the board will consider the advisory’s request and “other action” in regards to football classification.
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